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Video: Kevin Pillar leaves his feet to rob Mookie Betts of extra bases

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Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar showed on Monday night why he’s still among the game’s best defensive players. With the Jays up 3-2 in the top of the sixth inning, Mookie Betts led off by drilling a 92 MPH two-seam fastball from Marcus Stroman into right-center field. Pillar gave chase and, as he has become known for doing, left his feet entirely to dive and make the catch before the ball hit the ground. Pillar’s momentum took him right into the fence.

We’ve seen some legendary grabs this season — Austin Jackson’s comes to mind — but this ranks right up there with the best of them.

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

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Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.

Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”

Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.

Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.